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Taking on the union freebies (Group suing public employee union)
Goldwater Institute ^ | December 7, 2011 | Clint Bolick

Posted on 12/08/2011 10:22:12 AM PST by inkling

In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.”

Our case takes on the city’s contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying. The provisions take six full-time officers off the streets – giving them full pay, benefits, and overtime for union work – in addition to providing thousands of additional release-time hours for the union to dole out at its discretion. Altogether, more than 40 police officers can be released from some or all of their law-enforcement duties by the union.

Only a few years ago, Phoenix voters agreed to raise their sales tax to hire more police officers and firefighters. Would they have done so knowing that much of the revenue would wind up as a union giveaway? Moreover, PLEA itself confesses that release-time means less money for police officer salaries.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: government; phoenix; plea; police; public; spending; taxes; union; unions

1 posted on 12/08/2011 10:22:19 AM PST by inkling
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2 posted on 12/08/2011 10:50:48 AM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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3 posted on 12/08/2011 11:21:19 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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4 posted on 12/08/2011 11:28:18 AM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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5 posted on 12/08/2011 12:00:09 PM PST by Borax Queen
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